Main reasons are cost pressure and poor education
During the last year 106 vessels have been sunken according to accidents at sea or have been damaged so badly on the global oceans that they had to be scrapped.
Main reasons are, according a study, fatigue, cost pressure and an unsatisfactory education. In comparison with last year the number of unsuccessful vessels increased by 15 (effective date: 25. of November). Recently this was published by the Allianz-Insurance group in Munich, Germany. The most spectacular disaster was the average of the Costa Concordia on 11. of January 2012 with 32 dead. Much more human beings died at the sunk of the ferry Rabaul Queen next to Papua New Guinea on Feb. 2. with more than 110 dead. But the most heavily averaged vessels are freighter.
One main reason for the fatal disaster on sea is human error, says the study. “A number of shipping companies, particularly in the very strong competitive segment of bulker or tanker, cannot afford anymore maintenance or training for their crews”, says Sven Gerhard, maritime expert at the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). The group belongs to the worldwide leading ship insurance companies. In spite of the last years negative balance, the expert see improvements on the way for more ships safety. The average per year of the last ten years shows that 146 vessels have been lost – the actual number lays around a third below. Because of new technologies, better education, increasing regulations and safety initiatives of this line, ships losses for some time are basically declining.
The most ship disasters happen in south of China, Indochina Peninsula, Indonesia and the Philippines. With some 30 disaster this region features double that much as compared to the second dangerous region: the easterly part of the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. “Sinking Ships” count for around 49% of all losses during the last year, followed by 22% of grounding. Collisions are comparatively, with only 6%, seldom.
Everybody still remembers the catastrophically disaster of the Costa Concordia which was obviously based on pure imprudence
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